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If you develop a new plant variety or acquire ownership, you may want to protect your Intellectual Property (IP) with plant breeder's rights (PBR). Plant breeder’s rights are personal property and can be assigned, sold and transferred to other parties.

Benefits of plant breeder’s rights


A PBR gives you exclusive rights to:

  • produce or reproduce the plant material
  • condition the plant material for the purpose of propagation
  • offer the plant material for sale
  • sell the plant material
  • import and export the plant material
  • stock the plant material.

How long does protection last for?


PBR protection applies for:

  • 20 years for most plant species
  • 25 years for vines and trees.

Learn more about plant breeder’s rights.

Search the Plant Breeder's Rights database to find out registered plant varieties.